NERD Game Scores for Friday, June 24, 2016

Devised originally in response to a challenge issued by sabermetric nobleman Rob Neyer, and expanded at the request of nobody, NERD scores represent an attempt to summarize in one number (and on a scale of 0-10) the likely aesthetic appeal or watchability, for the learned fan, of a player or team or game. Read more about the components of and formulae for NERD scores here.


Most Highly Rated Game
Washington at Milwaukee | 20:10 ET
Scherzer (101.1 IP, 79 xFIP-) vs. Davies (69.2 IP, 98 xFIP-)
The reader is likely aware of the how Max Scherzer is talented. The purpose of this brief entry is to note how Zach Davies, while less talented than Max Scherzer, is also probably more talented than the average major-league starter. Here’s one piece of supporting his evidence: for the season, Davies’ run-prevention and fielding-independent numbers are better than average. Here’s a second, related piece: in June, specifically, Davies has produced the 20th-best adjusted xFIP and third-best ERA among 98 qualified starters. Here’s who’s right in front of him on the ERA leaderboard: Michael Fulmer and Steven Wright. Here’s who’s right behind: Max Scherzer — a.k.a. the same pitcher who’s the pitcher Zach Davies opposes tonight.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Milwaukee or Washington Radio.

Two Other Brief Notes
Today’s Free Game
Today’s free game features Tampa Bay at Baltimore, starts at 19:05 ET, and can be accessed by means of this hyperlinked text.

Broadcaster Rankings
Recently, the present author facilitated a crowdsourcing effort to reproduce the broadcaster rankings which appeared on this site roughly four years ago. The results from that effort are published here in one easily digestible post.

Complete Schedule
Here’s the complete and very sortable table for all of today’s games. Pitching probables and game times aggregated from and also the rest of the internet. Note that calculations both for team and game NERD scores feature adjustment for postseason odds that increases as season progresses. Read more about those adjustments here and here.

NERD Scores for June 24, 2016
Away SP TM GM TM SP Home Time
Nick Tepesch* LAN 4 6 6 4 8 PIT Jameson Taillon 19:05
Tommy Milone MIN 6 5 5 4 6 NYA Masahiro Tanaka 19:05
Matt Moore TB 6 7 5 7 0 BAL Yovani Gallardo 19:05
Kyle Hendricks CHN 8 6 5 6 2 MIA Tom Koehler 19:10
Danny Salazar CLE 8 8 6 5 4 DET Jor. Zimmermann 19:10
Colin Rea SD 4 5 5 3 9 CIN Cody Reed* 19:10
Steven Matz NYN 10 6 5 2 1 ATL Aaron Blair 19:35
David Price BOS 8 8 6 4 3 TEX Nick Martinez* 20:05
Aaron Sanchez TOR 9 6 6 3 7 CHA Carlos Rodon 20:10
Max Scherzer WAS 10 7 7 4 6 MIL Zach Davies 20:10
Dallas Keuchel HOU 7 6 5 4 4 KC Edinson Volquez 20:15
Archie Bradley AZ 7 5 6 4 8 COL Tyler Anderson 20:40
Eric Surkamp OAK 0 4 2 3 2 LAA Jered Weaver 22:05
Carlos Martinez STL 7 6 6 5 4 SEA Wade LeBlanc* 20:10
Zach Eflin* PHI 7 2 5 5 4 SF Jake Peavy 22:15
SP denotes pitcher NERD score.
TM denotes team score.
GM denotes overall game score.
Highlighted portion denotes game of the day.

* = Fewer than 10 IP, NERD at discretion of clueless author.

Carson Cistulli has published a book of aphorisms called Spirited Ejaculations of a New Enthusiast.

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